About 350 homeless Superstorm Sandy evacuees who have been sleeping in New York City-funded hotel rooms for nearly a year may be forced to check out for good.
CLEVELAND - Cleveland safety officials say crews are continuing to clean up debris, downed trees, power lines, secure flooded areas and restore power as quickly as possible, while still taking care of emergencies throughout the city.
Below is an update on their efforts.
The Department of Public Safety reports its operations are at near-normal levels after responding to more than 3,000 calls for service in a 24-hour period. Police and fire personnel are still guarding 23 locations in the city with active downed power lines. The Cleveland Kennels remain in the dark.
Route 2 has fully reopened. Traffic signals are coming back online as power is restored. There are still key intersections in downtown Cleveland where signals aren't functioning. Cleveland police will continue to monitor those intersections and provide traffic control, particularly during rush hour.
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Urban Forestry received more than 300 calls for service as a result of the storm. They report 21 streets currently blocked by downed trees or large limbs. Most of these issues are further complicated by live power lines that are also down. The primary focus continues to be to clear the right-of-way and then shift to debris removal.
- Cleveland Public Power reports roughly 1,000 scattered outages, 30 primary lines down on the west side and 15 primary lines down on the east side. The priority is to restore power to CPP customers, clear downed lines and then begin mutual aid with FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy is still reporting more than 40,000 Cleveland customers without electricity.
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- Cleveland Water reports no issues with water delivery at this time. The Pleasant Valley Pump Station is still without power (FirstEnergy). Water service is being maintained to its service area. Both the Harvard and Crowne facilities are being monitored as each has lost a single electrical feed. Both are currently functioning.
- Water Pollution Control reports four pump stations without power. Street floods reported through Tuesday have been resolved, but flooding will continue to be a problem with continued rains. Big Creek at West 150th Street and Milligan continues to be at flood stage.
- Eleven Recreation Centers are available and opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday. After school meals should resume Wednesday afternoon. Thurgood Marshall is being operated by the Red Cross as a shelter, with cots, blankets and food for anyone still without power.
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- Warming centers are set up in Parma, Warrensville Heights and Willoughby. Parma's warming center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located behind city hall. For questions about the center, you can call 440-885-8800. The Warrensville Heights Civic & Senior Center will be open until 11 p.m. Wednesday and will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday. The warming center is located at 4567 Green Rd. The Red Cross will provide food and cots for sleeping, and 24-hour security on site.
The Lake County Emergency Management Agency's warming center will be held inside the Mentor Senior Center on 8484 Munson Rd. in Mentor. Pets are not permitted. Residents needing transportation to the warming center can call Laketran at 440-354-6100.
Airports and flights:
Cleveland airports are returning to normal operations. Minor leaking at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is being addressed. Burke Lakefront Airport is seeking a mayor's emergency for major roof repairs.
Other local Sandy related news:
Baldwin Wallace campus in Berea has canceled classes until Monday, Nov. 5. Storm damage and the uncertainty of when power will be restored is to blame.
Verizon has set up charging stations throughout Cuyahoga County. It doesn't appear you need to be a Verizon customer to charge your cellphones and tablets. You can find all of the participating locations here: http://5.wews.com/eURvO.
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